2016 Talent Out West Spring Showcase Wrap Up

The Talent Out West High School Showcase brought three of the biggest scouts and media to Reno, NV on April 2, 2016. Joel Francisco (ESPN), Frank Bulison (McDonald’s All-American Committee member), Christian Popoola (Premierball.com) were in attendance to watch the best talent from Northern Nevada, Sacramento, Northern California and surrounding areas. The event hosted 102 players, from 35 schools in total.  The turnout of talent, coaches and community participation were unbelievable and very impressive. The event provided players with exposure and drew outstanding attention on social media. At one point during the day #talentoutwest was trending worldwide. (*Northern Nevada Rankings coming soon)

The event gained media attention:


Garry Hill-Thomas ‏@GarryHillThomas · Apr 1 Everything happens tomorrow, Reno NV. #exposure #opportunity. #talentoutwest @PremierBall @FrankieBur @JoelFranESPN

Frank Burlison ‏@FrankieBur · Apr 1  Laguna Niguel, CA Looking forward to watching some promising young players!

Frank Burlison ‏@FrankieBur · Apr 1  Newport Beach, CA   Wheels up for Reno by way of Las Vegas. @GarryHillThomas big Saturday of top-flight hoops on tap!

PoP ‏@PremierBall · Apr 1 @GarryHillThomas @FrankieBur @JoelFranESPN excited to see the best and the rest in Nevada. My new website will host the reports.

Joel Francisco ‏@JoelFranESPN · Apr 1 Looking forward to seeing what Reno and Northern California have to offer….the Spring season has begun

Frank Burlison ‏@FrankieBur · Apr 2  Reno, NV   Big day of hoops in Reno! #talentoutwest

Garry Hill-Thomas ‏@GarryHillThomas · Apr 2 Got everybody in the building! #talentoutwest @PremierBall @FrankieBur @JoelFranESPN

Joel Francisco ‏@JoelFranESPN · Apr 2 Thanks for having us…Great Camp



On top of the event gaining national attention, many of the players in the attendance gained recognition through social media from our scouts in attendance.


PoP ‏@PremierBall · Apr 2 2018 6’5 Wing Moses Wood; Galena HS (Reno, NV) Father NBA David Wood. Terrific stroke w/ !upside? #talentoutwest

Joel Francisco ‏@JoelFranESPN · Apr 3 TOWS 2016s: Octavian Corley (Reno, Nev./McQueen)..6-9ish/long…bouncy…soft hands. Needs strength/development. Solid D1 prospect

Joel Francisco ‏@JoelFranESPN · Apr 3 2017 standouts: Teammates Jayden DeJoseph and Tez Allen (Carson City/Carson)..both in the 6-foot-5 range/Athletic and multi-skilled

Joel Francisco ‏@JoelFranESPN · Apr 3 2016s cont’d: Zach Williams (Reno/Galena)..6-7ish..face-up skills…solid bounce…young senior..upside..#TOWS

Joel Francisco ‏@JoelFranESPN · Apr 3 Two best shooters in the event were: 6-2 Drew Rippingham (Reno HS) and 6-2 Breven Bansuelo (Reno/Bishop Manogue)..#TOWS

Joel Francisco ‏@JoelFranESPN · Apr 3 2017 Nyaabila Apambire (Reno/Diamonte Ranch) resembles a young Norman Powell (UCLA/Toronto Raptors)..6-3ish ..long..Athletic slasher #TOWS

Joel Francisco ‏@JoelFranESPN · Apr 3 Sacramento/Grant has a couple of intriguing 2019s in 6-3 rangy pg Steven Richardson and 6-4 Marvin Pitts …long athletic wing-type #TOWS

Joel Francisco ‏@JoelFranESPN · Apr 3 The most promising prospect may have been 2018 Moses Wood (Reno/Galena)..6-6ish wing..shoots it..ball skills..long..#TOWS

PoP ‏@PremierBall · Apr 3 2016 6’10 PF Octavian Corley; McQueen HS @NV_Wolverines Corley has the upside to be elite. Fluid good athlete!

PoP ‏@PremierBall · Apr 3 2017 6’4 W Nyaabila Apambire; Damonte Ranch (Reno) Strong athletic prospect who displayed a mid range & attack game.

PoP ‏@PremierBall · Apr 3 2017 6’5 W Jayden DeJoseph; Carson NV @NV_Wolverines. Displayed accurate touch & range from the arch. Strong upside!

Special thanks to all of the coaches and parents that donated their time and energy to continue growing basketball in our community. Joel Francisco, Frank Bulison, Christian Popoola, Tim Kelly, Skip Luckadoo, Mark Shannon + Ref Crew, Rick Stevens, Mike Wurm, Carlnel Wiley, Dex Thomas, Darryl Wood, Roman Allen, Zach Sanford, Jordan GloverLarry Cooper, Brian Voyles, Eathan O’Bryant, Matt Ochs, Jose Parra, Charles Walker, John Franklin, Garry Hill-Thomas, Kevinn Pinkney, Dustin Hall, Reno High School and the Truckee Meadows Boys & Girls Club.